General information

General information and important facts

Grainau, county of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Upper Bavaria, Germany
State-certified climatic health resort and eldorado for winter sports

Inhabitants:      3700
Overnight-stay capacity:   4000 beds
Postal code:     82491
Phone:             Country code: 0049, City code: (0) 8821

The Zugspitze Village

Of all the towns in the Bavarian Alps, Grainau has what is perhaps the most beautiful
location, at the base of the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany, and only
5 kilometers southwest of the well-known resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
The village sprawls in a park-like terrain, with bus and train service linking the different
parts. The climatic health resort is the ideal place to stay, be it summer or winter.

Grainau's unique climate is wonderfully suited for a variety of recreational and sporting activities. You will also enjoy the fact that the village's original character has been preserved thanks to strict building codes. More than 100 kilometers of hiking trails with inclines from gentle to moderately steep depart from the village and offer you blissful relaxation and awesome views. Close to 60 kilometers are also maintained in the winter.
Accommodations range from private rooms and vacation apartments to first-class hotels.

What to see

  • Zugspitze (2962 m)
    Germany´s highest mountain, ski season November to May
  • Hoellentalklamm - wild and romantic!
  • Eibsee - emerald green mountain lake with trails, swiming and rental boats
  • Badersee - the lake with the mermaid

Recreation, sports and entertainment

  • 100 km of hiking trails (approx. 60 km also maintained in the winter)
  • "Bauerntheater" – comical "farmers' theater"
  • Zugspitzbad pool: Indoor and outdoor pool areas with separate pools for swimmers and non-swimmers and toddler pools, plus a giant hydroslide
    (60 meters), saline whirlpool – steam bath – area for parents and toddlers – saunas incl. a Finnish "Blockhaussauna" (sauna in a log cabin) – Saunarium" (warm air bath and herbal bath), spa department (massages, etc.)
  • Torch hikes with optional dinner in a mountain lodge
  • Paragliding
  • Bicycle tours with a guide incl. mountain-bike tours
  • Culture evenings
  • Indoor sports center with a gym, badminton- and squashcourts, sauna
  • Canoeing
  • Vacation programs for children
  • Playgrounds for children
  • "Kneipp" therapeutic wading pool
  • Free-of-charge hikes with a guide (hiking weeks in the autumn), tours of the village
  • "Kurhaus" (event building) with rooms for events and conferences, etc.
  • "Kurkonzerte" (concerts)
  • "Kurpark" (park)
  • Mini-golf
  • Natural high-rope course
  • Nordic walking
  • Carriage rides and sleigh rides
  • Cycling and Mountainbiking (bike rental)
  • Downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing (ski schools), snow-shoe hikes, Bavarian curling, sledding
  • Indoor and outdoor tennis courts, tennis lessons


Garmisch-Partenkirchen     6 km
Mittenwald                      25 km
Oberammergau               25 km
München                       100 km
Füssen                           57 km
Innsbruck                       63 km
Salzburg                      185 km